The last two months I was seriously in need of help and support. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group made me feel welcome, calmed me down, and pointed me in a new direction.
The IWSG is a network of writers whose purpose is to “share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.”
Thank you to those who read my posts and offered encouragement and advice! This time I decided to give back by sharing some resources I’ve found very helpful.
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Two things had been worrying me. First, I was restless and bored in my writing and lacked forward momentum in revising my novel. Second, when chaos struck in my personal life, I couldn’t cope and just completely stopped writing or revising. I wanted strategies to help me get out of my rut and deal with stress better.
I started by looking for ways to boost my creativity. I hoped that getting some fun and inspiration back into my life would help my writing. Three websites, coming at creativity from slightly different perspectives made a big impact on me.
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Jennifer Blanchard at Inky Bites (you may know her from Procrastinating Writers Blog) is a writer, speaker, and writing coach but she’s also a certified holistic health coach and has combined these interests on her site.
What first attracted me was a blog post entitled A Cheatsheet for Making This Year Your Best Creative Year Yet, but what sucked me in was a section about our writing dreams. It made me really think about something I’d not dared to let see the light of day and made me excited to plan actual steps to reach that goal.
She’s a firm believer in being able to make a living at our creative endeavors vs being a slave to the corporate world. Halleluhia to that! Her latest post about “writer-preneurs” is thought-provoking.
She also has a series, Recharge Your Creative Batteries in 31 days, which I plan to start this month.
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I think it was through Inky Bites that I learned of the site, Puttylike, which was a bit of a revelation to me. The site was started by Emilie Wapnick as a way to bring together people she terms “multipotentialites” – those who “have many different interests and creative pursuits” but no “one true calling.” Mainstream society tends to frown on this and prefer specialists, but not everyone fits the mold.
I initially thought this explained one of my daughters but the more I considered it, I realized I had more than a tendancy for it myself. I was fascinated and plan to dig deeper into this.
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Melissa Dinwiddie at Living a Creative Life is an artist, writer, singer, musician, and creativity coach. She’s a “recovering perfectionist” (my favorite kind!) who’s made it her mission in life to help others find their creative passion and kindle (or rekindle) the spark.
She has a free Creative Ignition mini-course that made me really think about how I’ve prioritized things in my life, look at specific problems (the ones that led to my stress) and figure out possible solutions, and brainstorm ways to stay focused. She used videos with lots of examples.
She has many different programs going on throughout her site, with different levels of participation available (this is how she earns her living, after all). The free stuff she offered and her blog have helped set a bit of a fire under me and I feel inspired again.
It’s been a wild ride this month for me. These women and their websites were the catalyst that helped me pull myself out of a gooey bog. In the process I also learned (and worked out for myself) some ways for handling stressful situations.
I’m happy to say I’m back to work on my revision. Some days are better than others, but I’m more calm and no longer feel stuck in my own version of The Pit and the Pendulum. I’m trying some new things and making some changes. My outlook is no long so bleak, though I just wish the weather here felt the same way!
I hope you find some creative inspiration through these links.
What resources have you found that spark your imagination and creativity?